Creating a Supportive Environment for International Students
March 6, 2017
The School of Graduate Studies has implemented a number of initiatives aimed at decreasing barriers to internationalization. These initiatives include:
- Eliminating the $400 application and administration fee for the International Visiting Graduate Student (IVGS) Study Abroad Program. In doing so, we hope to encourage additional qualified international graduate students who are pursuing a graduate degree at their home university to undertake advanced Master's or Doctoral research at the University of Toronto for a study period of up to 3 sessions (normally a maximum of 12 months).
- Assessing and enhancing the effectiveness of immigration services for graduate students, currently administered by the Centre for International Experience (CIE).
- Enhancing resources and support for international students through embedding additional staff within Student Services at SGS.
- Streamlining the application process for the Joint Educational Placement Program (JEP), which enables individual students to pursue their doctoral degree program under the joint supervision of faculty from U of T and a collaborating Canadian or international university.
In response to the US Executive Order that had imposed travel restrictions on Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, SGS is:
- Enlarging our funding commitment to the Scholars at Risk Program, housed at Massey College, with a special bursary for graduate students whose education and/or research has been disrupted by conflict or war. The fund can be reactive to risks that arise, such as those associated with the recent US Executive Orders.
- Encouraging graduate units with space in their programs to make the following provisions for new applicants from the seven (now six) countries directly affected by the travel restrictions:
- waiving application fees for new applicants from these seven countries, and
- waiving the requirement for recent evidence of English language proficiency and using alternative ways to assess these students' English language skills.